I’m planning on doing some XC/marathon type events next year and am looking for a new bike. Fitness and climbing are my strengths, general bike handling and descending are weaknesses (getting better all the time!). I already have a ‘bigger’ bike that I ride a lot.
My question is this: Would you get a downcountry bike (love it or hate it, that classification is here to stay) that is XC-efficient with some trail characteristics (new Norco Revolver), or would you get a light trail bike that is insanely capable over a wide array of terrains (new Ibis Ripley)?
I’m leaning toward the Ripley because I feel like it will give me more confidence in the tech-ier/steep stuff.
Even though I will pay a couple pound weight penalty, I feel like that’s probably a good trade off.
Any opinions? I won’t have the option to demo either bike, but I have demoed the Ibis Ripmo, which has very similar geo to the Ripley.
Hell, if I ever get good enough that the bike is holding me back, I will happily drop cash on a world cup level XC bike.